Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Each of EyeCheck's co-founders have a history of pioneering entrepreneurial initiatives. Daxal coordinated mechanical, electrical and software teams in building a human size robot for the FIRST Robotics competition. Similarly, Ashu has a history of starting important causes and initiatives. He created the first debate team at his high school and the first social impact company in Velocity. Finally, I (Rachel) ran a conference, growing the attendance rate by over 300% from the previous year. I raised money to build a school in India before the age of 18.
Daxal and Ashu also created a quick method to clear reflections off of the surface layer of the eye, without disrupting the underlying vision patterns. They used a 3D vector interpolation technique which is used in autonomous vehicles navigation. They built a 3D map of a 2D image and then traversed the map, clearing reflection and filling the patterns based on neighbouring regions. This demonstrates the team's ability to work through tough problems that entrepreneurs face each day.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We work alongside the school of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. The school of Optometry brings the core vision science aspect of our software. Through Optometry we have one of our core advisors William Bobier who invented the theory of eccentric photo refraction that our solution uses. He helps use with experimental design and understanding the significance of the data we capture. In addition, we are a resident of University of Waterloo’s Velocity program, which provides us with free working space, mentorship and access to funding. Through Velocity we are mentored by Peter Heuss on hardware development and Mike Kirkup who has mentored hundreds of startups developing mobile applications. We are affiliated with St Paul’s Greenhouse which aids us with the social impact scalability of our business through the director Tania Del Matto who we talk regularly with on funding opportunities and business structuring. We also receive mentorship and consulting from the Accelerator. We are well connected within the KW region and are currently finalizing our testing partnerships with medical centers in the GTA. The clinical partners we are establishing will give us access to the needed data sets to secure the medical accuracy and validation needed to bring our app to market.